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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/19/2014.

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Eagles minicamp practice notes: Barkley's arm strength a concern - JimmyK,
Matt Barkley's arm strength is a major concern. He attempted to throw an out route that needed to be driven in there, and his pass lacked any kind of velocity at all. It had far too much air under it, and Curtis Marsh was able to jump in front of the intended receiver for an INT. I don't want to make too much of one throw, but if that was Barkley's maximum velocity, he's really going to struggle to stay in the league, in my opinion. You simply can't give opposing defensive backs that much time to break on a pass. Again, it's only June and there's a long way to go before the start of the season, but Barkley's play so far has been discouraging.

Checking Up on the WRs - Tommy Lawlor, Iggles Blitz
There has been a lot of WR talk in recent days. This got started when Eagles assistants met with the media and that meant they could finally talk to WR coach Bob Bicknell. The hot topic wasn’t Josh Huff, the progress or Ifeanyi Momah or Jeff Maehl’s offseason training regimen. Everyone wanted to talk about DeSean.

Eagles special teams coach says Henery is 14th best kicker in NFL (roughly) - Andrew Kulp, The700Level
Suggesting there are 17 teams that want a kicker as good as Henery is an egregious claim to say the least. Frankly, his lack of leg strength makes him a borderline NFL player at best, because booming touchbacks and kicking long-distance field goals are becoming focal points of the evaluation process at that position. With that in mind, it’s actually baffling to think the Eagles used a fourth-round pick on Henery in 2011.

Running Diary: Eagles Practice Observations - Sheil Kapadia, Birds 24/7
During the special-teams portion of practice, I see a guy taking a knee on the sideline. He could be a visiting coach or a guest of someone in the organization. But this scene would not have played out when Andy Reid was the head coach. Those not associated with the team were prohibited from sitting, taking a knee or leaning against a wall (media included). You also were not allowed to drink anything (coffee, water, etc.) while watching practice. Kelly doesn't seem to care what anyone not wearing an Eagles jersey is doing. Different philosophies for different coaches.

Foles lacks a cannon but is well-armed - Jeff McLane, Inquirer
But arms come in all shapes and sizes. Nick Foles doesn't have a cannon, but he has more than enough strength and the biggest arm of the Eagles' four quarterbacks. Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb held those crowns before Foles.

Chris Maragos Is A Player To Love - Dave Spadaro,
Chris Maragos is what we all want to love in a football player. He’s scrappy. He’s tough. He’s in the game because he loves it and because he’s carved out quite a niche at the highest level. And he’s not taking a second of what he has for granted ...

Maclin: 'I feel faster' than before ACL tear - Geoff Mosher, CSN Philly
The Eagles would be thrilled if Jeremy Maclin returned to the form prior to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last summer in training camp. If he’s even better, as Nick Foles suggested Tuesday, that’s a bonus for Maclin, Foles and the entire offense.

How the Washington football team losing its name destroyed America: a collection of one-act plays - Jon Bois, SB Nation NFL
In 2014, the Washington football team lost the patent on its name. Only now, a century into the future, do we understand how this destroyed the American way of life.